Ep 183 Repost: Aisling McDermott, Marian Keyes & Laura Kennedy· The Women's Podcast
Former Irish Times beauty writer, author and blogger Aisling McDermott died last week, having battled Multiple Sclerosis for over 20 years. Two years ago she joined author Marian Keyes and Irish Times beauty writer Laura Kennedy on the Women’s Podcast, for a conversation ostensibly about make-up, but which ran much deeper than that. Today’s podcast revisits that conversation, in honour of her memory.
Ep 182 Bibi Baskin· The Women's Podcast
Bibi Baskin, who, back in the 1980s, was the first woman to host her own television chat show on RTÉ, has been told her voice is like "vocal viagra". During her career at RTÉ she was seen as the natural successor to Gay Byrne, but she left Montrose and headed to New York and England for various jobs in the early 1990s. She went back to RTÉ later in the decade, but then what was meant to be a three week holiday in India turned into 15 years and saw Bibi become a hotelier. She spoke to Kathy Sheridan about her love of the Indian Ayurvedic medicine, her broadcast career and why she would love to be back on the national airwaves, but RTÉ won't have her.
Ep 181 Women at Work· The Women's Podcast
Did you know that up to the age of about 30, women keep pace with men in the workforce but after that a hefty gap opens up? A World Economic Forum report from 2015 found that a large number of countries – Ireland included – “have failed to reap the returns on a pool of highly educated and skilled women”. To discuss why that is and how returning to work can be made better for women, Kathy Sheridan was joined by Karin Lanigan, the Manager of Career Development and Recruitment Services for Chartered Accountants Ireland and Elaine Russell, career coach with Women Returners Ireland. In the second part of the show, Jennifer Ryan speaks to Aoife McElwain about her book Slow at Work, which is packed full of advice on how to deal with things like imposter syndrome, your annoying inner critic and burnout. http://wrpn.womenreturners.com/ireland/ https://www.charteredaccountants.ie/News/returning-to-the-workplace
Ep 180 Everyday Stories: Talking About Abortion· The Women's Podcast
Have you ever wanted to talk to someone about abortion, but didn't know how to go about it? The Everyday Stories project is about facilitating those conversations through workshops in towns and villages all across the country ahead of a referendum on the Eighth Amendment in the coming months. The project is gathering the personal accounts of women who have experienced abortion and allowing them to be used to aid group discussions on the topic, organised in association with the campaign. Caoimhe Anglin is one of the brains behind the project. She spoke to Róisín Ingle about Everyday Stories and explained why the workshops are not about convincing someone to vote one way or another, but about facilitating open, non-judgemental conversations on abortion within a safe space. http://everydaystories.org/
Ep 179 2017 is over. What will 2018 be like for women?· The Women's Podcast
Has the world changed after a year that brought us the Harvey Weinstein revelations, continued bafflement at Trump and the rise of #MeToo? With gender equality in the public consciousness more than ever and a referendum on the Eighth Amendment on the near horizon, we invited Irish Times Social Affairs Correspondent Kitty Holland and journalist Alison O’Connor in to studio to take a look back at the year that was and to cast an eye towards 2018 for women.
Ep 178 What's making you happy?· The Women's Podcast
Last year we decided to buck the trend of New Year’s resolution hell and take some time to think about what it is we like about ourselves. This year, we asked loads of women and girls to tell us what it is that makes them happy. Sit back and let Marian Keyes, Samantha Power, Rebecca Traister, Kathy Sheridan and many more wonderful women tell us what brings them joy.
Ep 177 One of our 2017 favourites: OMGWACA· The Women's Podcast
We’ve had some great episodes this year – we loved having the girls from Mercy Inchicore in for a take-over and Kathy Sheridan’s in-depth interview with Samantha Power was another highlight, as was the one where we spoke to men about their experience of abortion. We don’t like to single out favourites, but we chose this one, because 2017 has been quite a year for the two women who featured in it. Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen wrote the bestselling book Oh My God What A Complete Aisling together and earlier this year they joined us, along with Paul Howard, for a live episode at The Sugar Club in Dublin in September as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival.
Ep 176 Tara Flynn's Christmas Day Wish· The Women's Podcast
In an essay written especially for the Women's Podcast, actor and comedian Tara Flynn describes her ideal, peaceful, meat-free Christmas Day. She also chats to Róisín Ingle about her 2017, online abuse, the highs and lows of campaigning and what's in store next year.
Ep 175 The Girls of the St Patrick's Cathedral Choir School· The Women's Podcast
Just a few weeks ago, for the first time in 600 years, the girls of the St Patrick's Cathedral Choir School in Dublin sang Matins at the cathedral. We met the girls to find out what that meant to them and what they love about being in the choir. The girls also brought us into the cathedral where they sang three beautiful Christmassy songs, accompanied by their teacher Stuart Nicholson, Organist and Master of the Choristers, on piano.
Ep 174 Christmas Book Club Recommends· The Women's Podcast
We’ve called on our book clubbers to tell us what books have been their favourites this year and which ones you would make great stocking fillers. Ann Ingle, Niamh Towey and Bernice Harrison share their recommendations with Róisín Ingle.
Ep 173 Understanding the Domestic Violence Bill 2017· The Women's Podcast
Psychological abuse and controlling behaviour within a relationship is to become a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. The offence of “coercive control” is being included in the Domestic Violence Bill 2017, due to the hard work of campaigners, charities and politicians. Senator Collette Kelleher, programme & communications manager with SAFE Ireland Caitríona Gleeson and Labour Senator Ivana Bacik have worked tireless to get this groundbreaking Bill and amendments through. In this podcast, they explain what impact the new legislation will have, why it is only the first important step in tackling the pervasive problem of domestic violence and how there needs to be a complete cultural shift in how society views it.
Ep 172 Marian Keyes & Laura Kennedy's Christmas Gift Ideas· The Women's Podcast
Are you looking for some divine inspiration as to what to buy for the woman or women in your life this Christmas? Well, look no further. Irish Times beauty writer Laura Kennedy has come up with an exhaustive list of gorgeous products, board games and trinkets to choose from. But first, the inimitable Marian Keyes is here to tell us about her approach to Christmas and what’s provoking her Sudden Wild Enthusiasm this festive season.
Ep 171 Being Single at Christmas & Waking the Media· The Women's Podcast
Jennifer Boon, a life coach who specialises in building confidence and resilience, has created the Survive & Thrive book series to support women through challenging phases in life and one of the topics she tackles is being single, having spent a good chunk of her adult life going it alone herself. She speaks to Róisín Ingle about being single at Christmas, the things you should never say to single people, dating during the festive period, and she also has some advice on relationship dilemmas too. In the second part of the show, we report back from the Waking the Media event, organised by Una Mullally, which took place in Dublin last week.
Ep 170 Irish Women in the Middle Ages· The Women's Podcast
We have a very interesting man - yes, sometimes we have men on the podcast - taking us way back in time to Ireland's medieval history in this episode. Oxford Professor and author, Thomas Charles Edwards, was in Dublin a few weeks ago to deliver a lecture at the School of Celtic studies in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Professor Edwards knows a lot about Ireland's ancient laws, which turn out to be quite progressive when it comes to gender equality and women's property rights. He came into studio while he was here to tell us all about those laws and the lives of Irish women during the 7th and 8th centuries.
Ep 169 Happiness guru Gretchen Rubin on her new book The Four Tendencies· The Women's Podcast
Happiness guru and author Gretchen Rubin has sold over 2 million books and is a regular on the New York Times bestsellers lists. She talks to Roisin Ingle about her new book The Four Tendencies. In the book Rubin writes about her theory people generally fall into four categories or tendencies - The Upholder, The Questioner, The Obliger and The Rebel. And Rubin says that once we know which category we fall into it can help us to form better habits and interact more positively with others. Which tendency are you? gretchenrubin.com
Ep 168 Amplify Women's Harassment Toolkit· The Women's Podcast
In response to the revelations of harassment in Irish theatre, the #MeToo and #IrishWeinstein hashtags, Amplify Women, an umbrella group that represents, works with or carries out research about women working in the cultural and media industries, has produced a toolkit for dealing with harassment and bullying in the workplace. Olwen Dawe, Sarah Durcan, Karan O’Loughlin and Sarah Kieran have all been involved in creating the toolkit over the past year and they spoke to Róisín Ingle all about it. You can read and download the toolkit here: https://wft.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/WTF_Harassment_Toolkit_AmplifyWomen-1.pdf
Ep 167 Everyday Stories & Women in Jazz and Improvised Music· The Women's Podcast
Everyday Stories is a project highlighting the experiences of women who have had abortions and the impact the Eighth Amendment has had on their lives, through a combination of personal testimony and visual art. Our co-producer Jennifer Ryan went along for a look at the exhibition while it was at Filmbase in Dublin and she spoke to curator Caoimhe Anglin who was involved in developing the project. In the second part of the show, Róisín Ingle talks to Improvised Music Company's Aoife Concannon and Dublin-based Polish musician Dorota Konchewska about the Ban Bam one-day music festival at The Complex in Dublin 7 this Saturday.
Ep 166 Book Club: Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach· The Women's Podcast
Today we’ve reconvened our book club with Niamh Towey, Bernice Harrison and Ann Ingle to talk about the new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan. It’s called Manhattan Beach and it opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression.
Ep 165 Self-Care as Kindness, with Karina Melvin & Mary McGuire.· The Women's Podcast
Monday of this week was World Kindness day and it inspired us all here at the Women’s Podcast to think a little about self-care and being kind to oneself. Psychotherapist Karina Melvin speaks to Róisín Ingle about her book called Artful Eating, which is all about how to eat healthily but also for pleasure at the same time and looking after your mind as the most important part of that. In the second part of the show, our co-producer Jennifer Ryan speaks to author Mary McGuire about the principles which she believes are the building blocks to not only survival, but success in life and about learning to build up your resilience.
Ep 164 Samantha Power, former US Ambassador to the UN· The Women's Podcast
The youngest-ever U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Obama, Samantha Power, who emigrated from Ireland to America at the age of nine, began her career as a foreign affairs journalist. Forbes has called her “a powerful crusader for US foreign policy as well as human rights and democracy,” and she was named one of Foreign Policy’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers.” Here at the Women’s Podcast we were fortunate enough to get an hour of Ambassador Power’s time during her trip to Ireland over the past few days. She spoke to Kathy Sheridan about her Irish roots, reporting from the Balkans during the Bosnian war, her feelings on Trump, how she made up with Hillary Clinton after calling her a monster, and lots more.